Covid Flexibilities Expired

Covid-related flexibilities with regards to maintaining CACREP Standards and Policies expired on August 15, 2021.
Effective August 16, 2021, programs must end all COVID-19 temporary accommodations and return to the status approved by CACREP as in their most recent CACREP accreditation decision letter. Programs will have a grace period until July 15, 2022 to return to pre-Covid program delivery methods or to formalize through their institutional approval processes any permanent substantive changes being made. Programs making changes that involve the use of new digital delivery methods will be required to submit a Board-prescribed Substantive Change report after the grace period ends. The template and deadline for the Board-prescribed report will be made available at the Digitally Delivered Programs section on the website.

PROGRAM FAQS ABOUT THE END OF COVID FLEXIBILITIES

What does it mean that programs must end all COVID-19 temporary accommodations and return to the status approved by CACREP as in their most recent CACREP accreditation decision letter?

The two flexibilities for accommodations relating to practicum and internship ended August 15, 2021. All students starting academic terms after that date will no longer be able to:
• Carry over hours from practicum into internship, and
• Enroll in practicum and internship in the same semester

The third flexibility allowing programs to pivot to digital delivery methods without submitting a substantive change report ends. Programs making permanent changes to their delivery methods need to refer to the Digitally Delivered Programs section on the website.

What if the term is not completed when the temporary accommodations end on August 15th 2021?
Students who are already enrolled in practicum and internship and completing requirements as of the end date may graduate under the accommodations in place when they began practicum and internship.

What does it mean that programs will have a grace period until July 15, 2022 to return to pre-Covid program delivery methods or to formalize through their institutional processes any permanent substantive changes?

Between now and July 15, 2022, programs should either:
• move their programs back to the delivery format for which they were last approved by CACREP, or
• go through their institutional approval processes to formalize any permanent changes that will be made to the program’s delivery methods.

After July 15, 2022, programs will be required to submit a prescribed Substantive Change report. Guidelines, template, and deadline for submission will be provided in the Digitally Delivered Programs section on the website.

What if my program wants to implement a new digital delivery method between now and July 2022?
If you plan to make any changes to your delivery methods between now and July 2022 – whether that involves making a temporary change from the pandemic permanent or implementing new delivery methods, different from what you previously used during the pandemic – be sure first to go through your institutional approval processes. The Board will require a prescribed Substantive Change report to be submitted after July 15, 2022. Guidelines for that report, a template for submission, and information on deadlines will be available at the Digitally Delivered Programs section on the website.

What does the extension on the moratorium on site visit override mean for my program?
The moratorium on the procedural ability for a program to override not being recommended during the desk and Board reviews to proceed to site visit planning is extended until July 15, 2022. Institutions that are not recommended for a site visit following the desk review will need to withdraw from the accreditation review process. Programs are able to apply for an accreditation review as soon as they are ready.

What does sunsetting Policy 1.j-Review of Nontraditional Programs mean for programs?
This is an outdated policy, therefore, it will be sunsetted effective August 15, 2021 as it is no longer relevant given the current definitions, practices, and course delivery methods.

What does the change to Policy 1.o Programs Offered at Multiple Sites Revised mean for programs?
This policy has been revised to focus on multiple sites where programs are delivered primarily in-person. The policy title is changed: from Programs Offered at Multiple Sites to Programs Offered at Multiple In-Person Sites. This language and distinction are changed in its entirety in the policy. This policy is applicable only to institutions with multiple campuses/sites that offer primarily in-person delivery of program.

STUDENT FAQS ABOUT THE END OF COVID FLEXIBILITIES

What does it mean that programs must end all COVID-19 temporary accommodations and return to the status approved by CACREP as in their most recent CACREP accreditation decision letter?

The two flexibilities for accommodations relating to practicum and internship will end August 15, 2021. All students starting academic terms after that date will no longer be able to:
• Carry over hours from practicum into internship, and
• Enroll in practicum and internship in the same semester.

What if the term is not completed when the temporary accommodations end on August 15th 2021?
Students who are already enrolled in practicum and internship and completing requirements as of the end date may graduate under the accommodations in place when they began practicum and internship.

What does the end of the Covid flexibilities mean for students’ ability to use telemental health as part of their field experience?

CACREP’s position on telemental health is as follows and is ongoing beyond the time of the pandemic:

CACREP does not have any prohibitions against telemental health or distance supervision, nor does it set caps on the number of hours that can be applied towards practicum and internship.

Programs using either telemental health or distance supervision to meet curricular needs must ensure that students and site supervisors are trained to use this modality and that this modality is accepted by the respective state licensing board.

State emergency declarations at the onset of the pandemic allowed for the provision of telemental health services. With the expiration of the declared state emergencies, the acceptability of providing telemental health may have also expired. Students and programs need to verify if it is still permissible to provide telemental health services in your state and if you are practicing across state lines, also verify the laws of the state in which the client resides.

Programs may also want to consider whether they want to set parameters regarding how much telemental health and/or distance supervision would be acceptable for students.